We had two key meetings today where the implementation strategy we are developing in the authority became more explicit.
By implementation strategy I mean the way in which we move initiatives and developments forward within the authority.
For example, if we consider three different initiatives such as A Curriculum for Excellence; Leadership Development; and Learning and Teaching.
The Implementation Strategy for each of these has some fundamantally common features:
- Recognise and take account of the different contexts in which we work;
- Seek to embed within existing practice as opposed to “bolting on”
- Promote shared responsibility for implementation – try to avoid a ‘central/authority’ person to whom is given the responsibility for implementation.
- Make best use of existing expertise at all times unless absolutely necessary
- Promote organic and long-term development over short-term unsustainable development
- Always attempt to build upon existing good practice and reaffirm the connections between new and existing practice
- Always focus upon meeting the needs of children – what difference will this make?
- Find ways of measuring and judging the impact.
- Continually reinforce links between other developments and areas of practice.
- Build teams to develop and share practice.
- Link theory to “nuts and bolts” i.e. reinforce the practical applications and impact.